10 March 2009

Rhode Island: Touro synagogue's money problems

The JTA reported that the oldest Jewish synagogue in the US - Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island - has canceled public tours and fired the last two paid staff members.

There are plans to open a museum of American Jewish history.

Summer 2009 already reserved group tours will be offered, but no new ones will be booked.

A National Historic Site, the popular Jewish tourist destination was built in 1763. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named it the country's first religious historic site in 2001.

Tracing the Tribe has previously posted about Touro Synagogue. Search for "rhode island" and previous postings will pop up.

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